Songkran Festival, which takes place nationwide in Thailand, is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals it is a time when they can spend precious time with families and visit the temples to observe ancient rites and make merit. There’s no doubting that it is a fascinating time to be in Thailand wherever you travel.
Bangkok Songkran Festival 2017
Date: 13-15 April, 2017
Venue: CentralWorld Shopping Complex
The Bangkok Songkran Festival is at its biggest and most fun at the large outside area in front of CentralWorld Shopping Complex. Here, as well as water play, there will be the chance to experience some of the more traditional aspects of Songkran in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, there will be a foam party which gives people a new way to enjoy the watery fun while cooling off at the hottest time of the year. The party takes place from 13-15 April, 2017 and is open to everyone.
S2O Songkran Music Festival 2017
Date: 13-15 April, 2017
Venue: Show DC Oasis Arena, Rama 9, Bangkok
The S2O Songkran Music Festival 2017, sponsored by PepsiCo, is set to be the wettest and most entertaining New Year event in town. It is aimed at young and young-at-heart music lovers looking for a memorable way to spend their Songkran break. This means there will be a range of entertainment on offer, not to mention sets by well-known DJs. So it you are looking to dance this year, this is the place to come. To ensure everyone keeps their cool at this hottest time of the year, the S20 Festival will feature a 360-degree fountain that shoots water into the crown. A 3-day pass ticket is 3,200 Baht and is available at www.S2OFestival.com
Songkran – Pha Khao Ma Yok Siam
Date: 13-15 April, 2017
Venue: Siam Square
Siam Square will free up some of its popular shopping space to provide areas where the city’s young people can enjoy all the fun and joy of Songkran. Under the theme ‘Songkran – Pha Khao Ma’ participants will be treated to free music and concerts with great food to try and other fun activities. And of course, there’s plenty of water splashing for three days from 13-15 April, from 12:00 – 10:00 Hrs.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Songkransiam
Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2017
Date: 12-17 April, 2017
Venue: Chiang Mai old city
The best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Here you’ll find a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people. In Chiang Mai Songkran is often called Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang and lasts five days. Highlights include the procession of Chiang Mai’s prominent Phra Buddha Sihing image as well as bathing the image, and taking part in a parade bringing sand and Sali (the Bodhi tree) clutches to temples, cultural events and performances. There is also a lot of tasty northern cuisine to enjoy.
For more information, contact TAT Chiang Mai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 5324 8604-5; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samut Prakan: Songkran Phra Pradeang
Date: 21-23 April, 2017
Venue: Phra Pradaeng City Hall, Samut Prakan province
One of the most fascinating ways to celebrate a Songkran near Bangkok is by visiting Phra Pradaeng, where the local people observe Mon ceremonies in a traditional way. And their New Year traditions are very different to those found in the rest of Thailand. For a start, the celebrations here take place a little later, on the 21-23 April, 2017.
This year, there will be a range of cultural activities taking place including a spectacular floral procession, a parade of the local Mon people in their colourful traditional outfits, a Miss Songkran parade and Mister and Miss Songkran Beauty Contest. Visitors will also have the chance to join merit-making activities in the local temples, pay respect to community elders and enjoy folk plays and cultural performances.
For more information, contact Phra Pradaeng Municipality, Tel. +66 (0) 2463 4841
Or TAT Bangkok Office Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500
Dok Khun, Siang Kaen and Khao Niew Festival
Date: 5 – 15 April, 2017
Venue: Bueng Kaen Nakhon and Sri Chan Road, Mueang, Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen will be celebrating Songkran from 5-15 April, 2017. This is one of the biggest and certainly the best known of the Songkran events in the Northeast of Thailand. As usual, this year there will be a lot of activities to enjoy that reflect the rich local culture, including a flower procession and contests to find the best blooms, water rituals to pay respects to images of the Buddha and seniors and a fun water splashing event on the Khao Niew and Sri Chan Road. There will be lots to eat and buy too, with demonstrations local handmade products and crafts, not to mention spicy local salads and tasty grilled chicken.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/songkrankhonkaen
Hat Yai Midnight Songkran 2017
Date: 11 – 15 April, 2017
Venue: Hat Yai city centre
In Thailand’s south, the Songkran fun takes place in Hat Yai, so head downtown if you want to join in. The main action takes place on the streets of Nipat Uthit 3, Sanehanusorn and Thammanoon Vithi. Here there will be free music and concerts as well as other entertainment throughout the event, every day between 10:00 – 23:00 Hrs.
For more information, contact TAT Hat Yai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 7423 1055; email: email@example.com
Kanchanaburi: Wax Candle Procession Songkran
Date: 13-14 April, 2017
Venue: Wat Nongprue, Nongprue district, Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals. The celebrations take place around Wat Nongprue in Kanchanaburi. Visitors will be able to take part in merit-making activities at the temple, the gentle pouring of water on local elders to show respect and to enjoy an exhibition that tells the story of the candle procession in Kanchanaburi. There will also be booths selling local products and tasty treats.
For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi, el: +66 (0) 3451 1200; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mukdahan: Mukdahan and 4 Indochinese Countries Songkran Festival
Date: 13-15 April 2017
Venue: Mukdahan province
Mukdahan province in the Northeastern or Isan Region of Thailand offers visitors and locals a unique way to enjoy the Songkran festivities. New Year celebrations and traditions from four countries in the Greater Sub-Mekong region: Thailand, Lao, Vietnam and China, are being combined in a cross-border party. This year, there will be celebrations centred around the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River while other events will take place in Mueang district, Mukdahan, at Chalerm Phra Kiat Kanchana Phisek Park and Samran Chai Kong Road which will be turned into an Indochina Walking Street.
The event highlights include spectacular light and sound presentations telling the stories of the ancient civilizations of the region. There will also be cultural performances from the four countries; a ritual to pay homage to holy spirits and folk performances from the eight distinct ethnic groups of Mukdahan. There will also be a dancing fountain with music and water tunnels and foam parties to help cool off the revellers.
Other activities include a Thai-Indochina food festival, a Mekong fish-eating festival, displays of herbs from the four nations, a Miss Indochina Beauty Contest, an ASEAN languages contest, and displays of drum playing and concerts from leading singers.
For more information, contact TAT Nakhon Phanon Office, Tel: +66 (0) 4251 3490-1 email: email@example.com
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